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Bigmagic

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I have a couple questions.
I bought a new replacement bag for one of those big Morrell bag style targets. I want to put it in my basement. What ca I stuff it with? Plastic bags were suggested but it would take an awful lot of them to fill it properly. Maybe someone know where I can get a big supply of them?

Also, I teach new traditional archers to shoot. I start them up close but I still want to make some sort of back-drop that will prevent an errant arrow with its own mind from flying into the concrete blocks. Any suggestions?

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If you have a way to hang it, a horse stall mat will make a backstop. I used plywood for years but it can be tough on arrows or tough to remove arrows.

For stuffing, old clothes/cloth, roll plastic, old blankets.

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Some target mfrs use plastic screen material. If you know a business nearby that uses heavy gauge plastic wrap for bulk hauling materials.

My opinion, on horse mats is...they work, even better if they move a bit on contact. Hang from top but let bottom swing.

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3R Archery sells a curtain type arrow stop that may be the ticket
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I just went through the same thing setting up my attic range. I looked at the archery backstop netting available and have used the stall mats before. I ended up using some carpet remnants that were in the attic as backstops. I then bought one bag target. Just yesterday I got a couple of bales of compressed straw at TSC and really like them. Arrows stick straight in them. I left them in the plastic they came on and wrapped them tight with that cling plastic wrap on a roller that is used for packing or shipping stuff. They measure about 22" x 18" x 12" deep, and cost 13.99 each. If I was setting it up against a wall in the basement I would just get several of the bales and stack them up against the wall. For $140 you could make a 6X6 target/backstop. For the price of most of the netting backstops I saw plus a bag target, you could just about line a whole wall with bales.
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I just went through the same thing setting up my attic range. I looked at the archery backstop netting available and have used the stall mats before. I ended up using some carpet remnants that were in the attic as backstops. I then bought one bag target. Just yesterday I got a couple of bales of compressed straw at TSC and really like them. Arrows stick straight in them. I left them in the plastic they came on and wrapped them tight with that cling plastic wrap on a roller that is used for packing or shipping stuff. They measure about 22" x 18" x 12" deep, and cost 13.99 each. If I was setting it up against a wall in the basement I would just get several of the bales and stack them up against the wall. For $140 you could make a 6X6 target/backstop. For the price of most of the netting backstops I saw plus a bag target, you could just about line a whole wall with bales.
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Good lookin setup!

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Thanks. Works good on rainy days like today.
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Thanks for the suggestions everyone.

I like the horse stall mat idea. But if I was to use carpet remnants, which I thought of, I would probably hang 3 of them against each other. I'll have to see which way would be cheaper. Regardless I did think I'd hang whatever I use so it swings at the bottom. Good idea.

I like the compressed straw bales too, but we have quite the surplus of clothes and blankets here so maybe I'll try that first.


And Comanche, I like your setup. That's pretty much what I'm trying to achieve here too.

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  Years ago I made a "bag" 4'x4' out of chicken wire.

  I left the top open until I got it stuffed, and then wired it shut.

 I used plastic grocery bags, old feedsacks, old shrink wrap, and so on. I still use it to this day.

 If you use carpet or something similar hang it so that it can swing with the impact of the arrow. It will decrease penetration and last longer.

 
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I just put together two bag targets with feed sacks @2.49ea and old clothes and rags. Works well
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Last summer I got the Bone Collector bag target and wore out the bag. Recently bought some large burlap bags and transferred the stuffing which appears to be the trimmings from a furniture factory. Long cloth strips and cotton candy stuffing. Currently I'm saving all old clothes and plastic from whatever to fill a second burlap bag. Pretty soon I'll be heading over to Truck and Tractor to get a stall mat to replace my hay bales back stop.

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Smell is one issue with the horse mats.  I tried one, and the smell of whatever the composite material is was vary strong.  My wife has become very sensitive to chemical smells.  Couldn't bring the the thing into the house.  
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Smell is one issue with the horse mats.  I tried one, and the smell of whatever the composite material is was vary strong.  My wife has become very sensitive to chemical smells.  Couldn't bring the the thing into the house.  


On the Tractor Supply website most of the comments were about the smell indoors. 

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If you're using carpet layers as a backdrop, fold them over a 2x2 or 1x3 and suspend it from a ceiling beam with eye hooks with chains about 4 inches from the wall so it just off the floor to swing, then you don't need anything with legs to hold up. 

The old balloon friction stick em ons that my Grandkids love to shoot at, is also a great fun target on carpet.


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If you're using carpet layers as a backdrop, fold them over a 2x2 or 1x3 and suspend it from a ceiling beam with eye hooks with chains about 4 inches from the wall so it just off the floor to swing, then you don't need anything with legs to hold up. 

The old balloon friction stick em ons that my Grandkids love to shoot at, is also a great fun target on carpet.


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Deno, I like that idea. That's better than putting grommets in the carpets to hang them.
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I just put together two bag targets with feed sacks @2.49ea and old clothes and rags. Works well


I sure hope the manager of our local feed store doesn't see this; she only charges me $0.50 per bag....

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My bag targets always take a beating. And I noticed that pulling arrows outwas just as hard on the fibers of the bag as shooting them in. The little lip of the field points (wood arrows) was just enough to hang up when pulling them out and break the strands of the bag more often than not.

So here’s what I do now: bevel the back side of the point. Chucked up in a drill and touched to a file for about a second is all it takes. Definitely worth the effort!

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A canvas tarp works well, as someone else mentioned, swinging loose is better than tight. If you have space, hang three tarps one in front of the other about 1" apart.  For filling target bags,you could try cat litter or construction sand
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